"S" is for HOPE

Growing up I loved watching the Superman TV shows and movies. I’ll be honest, it didn’t hurt that Christopher Reeve was so handsome. But after all these years I was quite shocked to find out the “S” on his chest didn’t actually stand for Superman. In the new movie “Man of Steel,” Superman reveals that where he comes from the “S” stands for hope.  I thought that was so cool. What a great humbling twist to the Superman series. It got me thinking about what symbol in my life represents hope

I instantly thought of our two daughters Lucy and Kennedy, who they would become, will they have children and so on.  But I realized in an instant there was a bigger symbol of hope in my life - my Dad.  He survived two tours in Vietnam, had a heart attack when he was 62, was diagnosed with heart disease and prostate cancer shortly after. Then 7 years ago doctors told us he had advanced lung disease and gave him 5 years to live. He was a very sick man.

What the doctors didn’t know was the HOPE that lied inside: HOPE that he would someday walk me down the aisle, HOPE that he would see his grandchildren born, HOPE that he would get to know them as they got a little older, HOPE that his body would be healed, HOPE of eternal life.  My Dad had more HOPE than anyone I have ever known.  It’s what kept him with us longer than most people expected. The Lord called My Dad home last November.  We all miss him so very much but we know he is healed and smiling down on us. He is finally home.

 Someone once told me, “With God there are no accidents every incident is intended to bring us closer with him.”  So whatever life circumstances you find yourself in, you too can have this kind of hope.

This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God's inner sanctuary. Hebrews  6:19

 

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  1. Judy Terry posted on 04/30/2014 11:04 AM
    I love that story of your Dad. My Dad was a strong man of God, elder of our church. I moved in and took care of him Feb. Of 2010, and promised him I would not put him in a hospital or nursing home. He died in my arms Aug. 2010 and we were both smiling as we both knew he was going to see his Lord and His wife who he so missed. He would have been 86 years old the next day, so we had a birthday party anyway knowing he and mom were with us, looking over us healthy and strong and with our Lord and one day soon we will all be together.

    Judy
  2. Ana K posted on 04/30/2014 04:58 PM
    Thank you Judy,

    Your Dad sounds really special. What a blessing to have been able to care for him until his last days. A beautiful passing he had too. What a wonderful way to go-- smiling into heaven. :-) I know my Dad was at peace when he went home. I too look forward to being with him someday. He is a reminder to enjoy life, laugh and find joy everyday!

    Blessings to you and your family Judy,

    Ana
  3. Karen Pearson posted on 05/01/2014 07:27 AM
    Ana, I really needed to hear your story today. It provided me Hope for things I'm going through at the moment and helped me understand why I had to go those things. I posted the bible verse on my computer so I can remind myself everyday, why I'm here and why I need to keep trusting God for all the things he throws at me. Thank you!
    1. Ana K posted on 05/05/2014 06:22 PM
      @Karen Pearson You make my heart smile Karen.....so happy to hear that! My thoughts and prayers are with you on this journey. He will soon smooth out your path for you. Not only does He provide the hope but also that beautiful thing we call grace. Go easy on yourself too!! :)) Blessings to you Karen.

      ~Ana K
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